And we know that the law is not given for a righteous person, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and the profane1 Timothy 1:9a — Modern English Version (Thinline Edition.; Lake Mary, FL: Passio, 2014)
It follows a righteous person has no need for the law. Such has not run afoul of its requirements, as righteousness is the fulfillment of the law. A believer is gifted righteousness by faith in Jesus Christ and His finished work.
However, an unbeliever has no such righteousness. Such may think themselves to be right in their own estimation. That measurement would be fleeting and unsure, differing for each individual. That is why the law is given. It is a sure standard. It is to reveal depravity, not that any ought to judge or condemn.
When a person confronts that righteous standard and compares themselves to it, they will find they’ve fallen short of the mark. That itself condemns.
We don’t use it to Bible thump someone into the right behavior. It is to lead someone to Jesus. Look how Paul explains it elsewhere.
But before faith came, we were imprisoned under the law, kept for the faith which was later to be revealed. So the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.Galatians 3:23–25 — Modern English Version (Thinline Edition.; Lake Mary, FL: Passio, 2014)
Before Jesus, the law kept folks imprisoned. This is a nod to the remedies built into the law to atone for sin. The end of those ordinances is Jesus Christ. It is faith in Him that truly justifies.
Us believers no longer need the tutelage of the law. Praise God for that!
But those who do not believe still need a tutor. One that will lead them to the mercy of God sent in His Son.
It doesn’t matter how far off someone is. You can have true freedom from the imprisonment of condemnation. It’s easily obtained.
Acknowledge your own imprisonment under the law, that is your failure to keep the ordinances. It doesn’t matter how slight or severe. Missing one makes one guilty of missing all.
Believe… Put your faith in Jesus. He is the God Who came from heaven to live and die as o e of us. He did die. He rose again to give anyone who would believe, remission of sins and eternal life.
Confess that aloud, to Him. He is listening and able to hear you, wherever you may be right now.